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  1. fyzygy

    IMG_1184

    I'm fairly confident the small plant I originally received was a rooted cutting, not a seedling. I've uploaded some pics of the same plant, cloned, with characteristic red foliage. I'm not sure why the mother tree is so green this year -- it was overshadowed by some ferocious racehorse trees, and probably received a lot more rainfall this season than usual.
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    Khat mother

    From a small cutting I bought around 25 years ago.
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    I'd have to watch it again to pick up on the ABC calling out MMA as vexatious litigants. I don't know anyone personally involved in the story. I don't know what WTGH-WTAF? stands for either. But I think I know what journalism is (or at least, used to be). I'd like to hear more about MMA and its "chilling effect" on discussion here. Any legal documentation to that effect?
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    I'm still not sure what the "warning about MMA" might have been -- that they're a bunch of fruitcakes? With shady financials? And the backing of a corrupt, now ousted, federal government? Seems pretty much par for the course, given the profligate proclivities of Australian political elites. Still, I don't see Tania's car rego plate on my screen. Or (unnamed) Andrew Robb's. Even if JP was doing something illegal "loudly and publicly" -- shouldn't he be extended the same journalistic courtesy as enjoyed by other citizens, including far more nefarious (and notorious) criminals? It seems to me that JP was just low-hanging fruit to be trampled on by cherrypicking moral crusaders. At the end of the story, I still don't have enough context or information to have an opinion on JP. If a public warning about JP were in order, then that warning would be better heeded had the ABC at least pretended to care about journalistic standards, IMO. What bothers me most is that the ABC didn't report any of the positive reforms and progressive directions of contemporary psychedelic therapy. Chacruna Institute, for one, has been vociferous in calling out the issue of sexual predation and economic exploitation (particularly of First Nations peoples) and has implemented various programs accordingly. On balance, I'd have preferred to hear more about the ten-second, organic-apple-juice method.
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    It's been decades since I worked as a journalist. I haven't seen the subject of an investigation's number plate openly displayed in any television media report in all that time, I don't think. It may be no skin off Julian's nose, so to speak, but where's the professional courtesy? Granted, there are bigger problems with this 4 Corners report than potential threats to privacy. In any case, I thought that the license plate issue might be useful in bringing a complaint against the ABC, if one were pending. It suggests a degree of overt hostility, rather than journalistic (ahem) impartiality.
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    Cactus vs. predator

    Planted this fat beast out on the edge of a bushland reserve on a friend's property. I last saw it 6-12 months ago, with 4 or 5 lush green cucumber pups, nary a blemish in sight. Now this. Are those ... bite marks?
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    https://www.samwoolfe.com/2022/08/ecstasy-power-unique-risks-of-mdma-therapy.html The "dark side of psychedelic therapy" meme just won't quit.
  8. fyzygy

    Diffusa fricii etc

    Looking for a fricii specimen that won't break the bank. Cash or trade.
  9. fyzygy

    What's on your agenda today?

    spineless opuntia (prickly pear) is my preferred rootstock at the moment, at least for lophs. is your black bamboo the running or clumping kind? I'm looking for a non-invasive variety to grow
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    What's on your agenda today?

    I'll be sowing Salvia recognita seeds. Grafting some LW pups. Not much else. Checking my cactus plants for signs that Spring has sprung early. (Fingers crossed). It's been a soggy Melbourne winter.
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    It's curious that the ABC made no effort to disguise the car licence plate number, standard journalistic practice as far as I'm aware (a professional courtesy in the interests of personal privacy). That didn't bode well, in terms of journalistic intent.
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    Acacia phlebophylla seedling

    Gone to a good home.
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    I saw the Four Corners journalist interviewed on News Breakfast, her exposé was framed by comparison with a fictional drama series starring Nicole Kidman, Nine Perfect Strangers -- in which participants at a wellness retreat are unwittingly micro-dosed with psilocybin. Ugh. It's one of the worst TV series (badly written, poorly directed) in recent memory. But it demonstrates that psychedelic abuse is topical and current in the mainstream media--even alongside current Netflix offerings such as Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. The insinuation seems to be that psychedelic drugs, in and of themselves, somehow attract rogue practitioners and sexual predators. The incident with the American woman could as easily have targeted exposure therapy (the problematic aspect of her treatment), rather than psychedelics per se. Far from showing potential therapeutic benefit, the reporter disputes that psychedelic "drugs" (as she insisted on correcting JP) are medicinal at all. She might have at least mentioned the work being done at Chacruna Institute, focused on eliminating sexist and racist practices from psychedelic therapy.
  14. Approx. 15cm seedling, hardened off, due for potting on or planting out. 1 only available. PM if interested.
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    A pox on profiteers who desecrate this holy medicine.
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